Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Shadow Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Shadow Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Shadow Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “smoky blue grey.” It’s a creamy, subtly cool-toned gray with a hint of brown.  It’s a dark, gray-heavy taupe.  Maybelline Tough as Taupe is similar, but it’s lighter. MAC Keep Your Cool is a touch darker and a powder product. MAC Stolen Moment is frosted.

Shadow has a delightfully creamy consistency that makes applying it very easy and quick; it’s blendable, opaque, and covers evenly.  However, that creaminess does have a price–it takes a bit longer to dry down, and it is prone to very faint creasing while it is drying down.  I recommend lightly blending the product about 5-10 seconds after applying, which helps to minimize/eliminate any creasing while it is drying down.  When worn, Shadow lasted for seven hours well, but there was faint creasing after seven and a half hours.

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Bobbi Brown Shadow Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Review, Photos, Swatches

B+

The longer dry-down time means it is prone to creasing before you've even left your vanity, so it does require some extra time/patience to ensure it looks even and crease-free.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Temptalia Asks You


What do you do with special boxes/containers that hold limited edition beauty products? Not compacts and actual containers but the boxes or containers they come in?

Temptalia's AnswerI recycle them as much as possible, because as much as I want to keep them, they’ll just sit in a drawer, taking up space, and I’ll never go back to them.

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Thursday, January 31st, 2013

MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow
MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow

MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic vanilla” with a Veluxe Pearl finish. It’s a soft beige with a moderately frosted finish. bareMinerals Libation is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #5 is similar but more frosted. MAC Jaunty is more golden.

When this showed up in a holiday palette, I found it very sheer. That was not the case here–this eyeshadow is so, so much better as a single than it ever was in the palette. The color payoff is dead-on with true-to-pan, opaque color. It has a soft texture that goes on as smoothly as silk and blends out easily. The versatility/use of this shade is going to depend on your skin tone; on me, it’s very close to my natural lid color, so I don’t know how often I’d use it myself, but I thought the color payoff and texture were really stellar here.  I wore it on the inner lid and on the brow bone as a highlighter, and it was slightly faded along the brow bone after eight hours but mostly intact on the lid (no primer).

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MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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The versatility/use of this shade is going to depend on your skin tone--for some this could be a great highlighter, others a wash of color, and others a great brightening/lid shade.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Urban Decay Deep End Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Deep End Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Deep End Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright teal shimmer.” It’s a blue-based teal with a frosted finish. Urban Decay Junkie is darker, bluer. MAC Rain Drop is more frosted. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is similar. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is a touch bluer. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is more metallic.

It originally debuted in the 15th Anniversary Palette, but it will now be available as a permanent shade online at urbandecay.com and at Sephora in JCP locations.  Deep End is incredibly rich in color payoff, and the color is true-to-pan.  It has a soft, buttery texture that’s dense and finely-milled, and as a result, is easily blended once applied to the lid.  This shade wore for nine hours without creasing or fading when I tested it.  It’s a color that you may already have in your stash, but if you’re a fan of intensely pigmented teal eyeshadows and don’t have one quite like it, it’s one to consider. The texture and pigmentation are quite phenomenal; definitely a standout shade (in terms of quality) within the range.

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Urban Decay Deep End Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

A+
It's a color that you may already have in your stash, but if you're a fan of intensely pigmented teal eyeshadows and don't have one quite like it, it's one to consider.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, January 27th, 2013


Happy Sunday!

How was your Saturday? What are your plans for Sunday?  Mellan is dire need of a bath, so that’s my big to-do item.  It’s one of those things where thinking about it always seems worse than it is, because he’s really a rather good dog when it comes to the bath. As soon as he hears the water go, he runs and hops in the tub (with a little urging).  At the end, I tell him to “dry,” so he’ll shake off some excess water.  The only thing I have to make sure to do is block the stairs, because he will race down those like he was in the Canine Olympics.